<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.comen-usFri, 22 Jun 2018 14:16:23 -0500Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:16:23 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Claims HOA Preventing Him From Selling His Home]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:42:16 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-hoa-roof-responds.jpg

A Fort Worth man said his homeowners association is preventing him from selling his home because they don't like the color of his new roof.

The homeowner, Mike Luna, said his homeowners association refused to give him a certificate to sell the house until he changes the roof, so he called NBC 5's Samantha Chatman to step in.

Luna purchased his Fort Worth home back in 2016. He said the North Texas storm season in 2017 showed no mercy on his roof, so he brought in his neighborhood roofer to make the repairs.

"When he was on the roof he had said he noticed that there is actually a lot more damage from some previous hail storms," he said.

Luna said he and his wife went over some colors for new shingles and decided to go with a shade of grey. But about a week later, he received a violation.

According to the Tehama Ridge HOA, Luna didn't get approval to alter his roof.

The second problem is the color he chose, which he said was a shade of grey. 

He didn't see a problem with his choice.

"Especially since other homes in the neighborhood have a very similar colored roof," he said. "My own roofer, who lives in the community, has a very similar colored roof."

Luna said the bylaws are full of contradictions.

In one section, Luna said, the bylaws say property owners need prior approval for home alterations, but in another section it said for roof materials, like shingles, permission is "encouraged, but not required."

As for the color, per the bylaws, the HOA allows weatherwood or an earth tone color, which Luna thought he had.

"Grey is considered an earth tone color," he said. "If anyone searches weatherwood, they're going to find an array of different colors."

A Google search of "weatherwood" reveals several different colors, including many shades of grey.

Luna said he brought this up to the HOA and appealed its decision, but he keeps getting denied.

He took a job in Waco and has been trying selling his home for months, but said he can't because the HOA won't hand over the certificate of resale.

"We need a blessing from the HOA to say there's no violations," he explained.

So Luna tried something else. He sent the HOA a list of color options, hoping one would work.

But he said one of the colors the HOA recently approved just so happens to be the same color that's already on his roof.

When he brought this to the their attention, he said they got mad and told him he still needs to replace that roof.

"It's taking resources away for my family because we can't sell our home," he said. "And there's no empathy whatsoever."

Luna called the NBC 5 Responds team and we called the HOA's board members. The vice president said she believes the roof is blue, not grey, but first and foremost, Luna didn't get even approval, so rules are rules.

She said 99 percent of the roofs in the community are shades of brown or grey, and in this case, Luna is wrong.

The Fort Worth man said it seems that he has two options: Take out a $5,000 loan to get a new roof or fight the HOA for as long as he can.

We brought in real estate attorney Robert Abtahi to look into this case. He said the HOA is overstepping its bounds.

"The rules that they're trying to enforce go against state law," he said. 

The attorney said it appears that the HOA is using their old 2005 bylaws to enforce the shingles issue, but other portions of the bylaws reflect current state law, and that explains the conflicting language.

He said as of 2011, HOAs cannot enforce a provision on shingles if the shingles resemble others in the community.

"Almost every HOA dispute that someone calls me about could have been resolved if there were different personalities involved. It's not a bad idea to go to a couple meetings and see what the personalities on your HOA board are like. They're going to be the ones in charge once you buy that house," he explained.

Luna said he is in contact with an attorney and hopes to have this settled soon.

Before you sign up to be a part of an HOA, here are Samantha Chatman's Solutions:

  • Read the HOA bylaws before buying the home.
  • If you don't understand them, have an attorney walk you through it.
  • Talk to people in the community. Ask them what they think about the HOA and its rules.
  • See if you can attend an HOA meeting before you purchase the home.



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<![CDATA[Mavs Acquire Luka Doncic From Atlanta]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:14:50 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/donciclukaeyes.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks traded a protected 2019 first round pick and swapped current draft selections with the Atlanta Hawks to acquire Euro basketball phenom Luka Doncic.

Several media members reported that Atlanta and Dallas reached the deal during the draft.

The Mavericks drafted Villanova guard Jalen Brunson and SMU guard Shake Milton with their two second round picks, 33rd and 54th respectively.

Luka Doncic, seen as the top prospect by some analysts, has been rumored to be a desired asset for numerous NBA teams. When reports began to surface that he may fall beyond the first two draft picks, the Mavericks were said to be one of his top suitors.

It was previously believed that he may fall to the Mavs, who held the 5th overall pick before swapping with Atlanta; however, teams reportedly began making calls to Atlanta and Memphis about trading up to acquire him or other prospects.

But the Mavs made the move and landed Doncic; and he seems excited about it.

[This story will continue to be updated throughout the draft.]



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<![CDATA[Mavs Introduce Luka Doncic Friday]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:14:42 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs-introduction.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks are going Euro with their rebuild, the same way they did 20 years ago with Dirk Nowitzki.

Dallas moved up two spots in the NBA draft Thursday night to get Slovenian guard Luka Doncic, who was selected by Atlanta at No. 3 while the Mavericks picked former Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young for the Hawks at No. 5 as part of the deal. The Mavericks are also sending a protected first-round pick to Atlanta.

The Mavericks are coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time in nearly 20 years, back when Nowitzki ended up being the centerpiece of a rebuilding project that led to 12 straight trips to the playoffs and the franchise's only championship in 2011.

The big German is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history and one of seven overall with at least 30,000 points. The Mavericks acquired Nowitzki during the 1998 draft, trading down to get the 7-footer who was taken ninth overall by Milwaukee.

The 19-year-old Doncic will be his teammate, with Nowitzki expected to become the first player in league history to spend all 21 seasons with the same franchise.

Nowitzki, who was in the draft room with the Mavericks two nights after celebrating his 40th birthday, quickly greeted his fellow European on Twitter, and Doncic replied in kind.

"He's a great leader, a great person," Doncic said of the 2007 MVP and 2011 NBA Finals MVP. "I'm just really happy to be part of his career. I just want to learn so much about him."

Doncic arrived in New York on Wednesday after helping Spain's Real Madrid win its league championship after he won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors when they won that title this year. His lengthy European season kept him from working out for teams but he knew the Mavericks were interested.

"I've been talking to Dallas a lot," Doncic said. "They were very nice to me, and I think we had a very good relationship."

At 6-foot-7 and 220 pounds, Doncic averaged about 15 points, five rebounds and five assists during Real Madrid's championship season. As with Nowitzki 20 years ago, the question is how his game will translate to the NBA.

"This kid has won everything there is to win in European and international basketball and he's done it at an age that's unprecedented," coach Rick Carlisle said. "I'm not sure what position he is. I think his position is on the floor, making plays and making people better."

Doncic signed with Real Madrid at age 13 and made his debut as a 16-year-old. He teamed with Miami's Goran Dragic to lead Slovenia to a surprising gold medal at FIBA EuroBasket 2017. His father, Sasa Doncic, played professionally for 15 years.

The Mavericks made the move for Doncic a year after drafting point guard Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth overall pick, giving Dallas a chance to have one of the NBA's youngest backcourts depending on where Doncic lands in the rotation. Carlisle said he sees Doncic as a starter.

"He's the kind of player that is going to be able to play with virtually anybody," Carlisle said. "He just has the skill set and an understanding and a feel for the game. He's a great shooter, so he creates space for other players, which is really going to help Dennis."

President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson played a big role in Nowitzki coming to Dallas, and remembers a rough first couple of seasons for the 13-time All-Star. So he's taking a guarded approach with Doncic for now.

"Luka is his own guy," Nelson said. "He's got his own challenges. It's not going to be quick. He's got a very unique skill set. Anyone who can make his teammates better, shoot the long ball, get to the paint, he's going to be a pretty darn good asset for the Mavericks for years to come."

The Mavericks took another guard with the 33rd overall pick in the second round, getting Jalen Brunson, who won two NCAA titles in his three years at Villanova. The reigning Associated Press player of the year averaged 18.9 points and 4.6 assists in his final season.

Dallas swapped picks late in the second round with Philadelphia and got Dayton's Kostas Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. He was the 60th and final pick of the draft.

The 76ers got former SMU guard Shake Milton, who was the 55th choice. Dallas also got Ray Spalding of Louisville at No. 56, another pick originally belonging to Philadelphia.

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<![CDATA[Salvadoran Immigrant Indicted For Voter Fraud in Texas]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:23:50 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/180524-voter-fraud-arrests.JPG

A man who Texas prosecutors say is in the United States illegally has been indicted by a federal grand jury for alleged voter fraud.

Authorities announced Friday that 57-year-old Mario Obdulio Orellana was indicted earlier this month on five counts, including voter fraud and false representation of U.S. citizenship.

Prosecutors allege that Obdulio illegally entered the U.S. from El Salvador in the early 1980s and later used false documents to obtain a U.S. birth certificate, a U.S. passport and a social security number.

Authorities also allege he registered to vote as a U.S. citizen and cast a ballot in the November 2016 election.

Obdulio faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

His court appointed federal public defender didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.



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<![CDATA[Toddler Sobbing in Iconic Photo Was Not Separated From Mother]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:22:42 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/immigGettyImages-973077510.jpg

The Honduran toddler in a pink jacket pictured sobbing at the U.S.-Mexico border was not separated from her mother when they were detained, as was widely assumed, a man who identified himself as her father told various news outlets.

The nearly 2-year-old was photographed by John Moore of Getty Images as outrage was growing over President Donald Trump’s policy of breaking apart families who had crossed the border illegally. But in fact, she and her mother remained together, the father, Denis Valera, said.

“My daughter has become a symbol of the ... separation of children at the U.S. border. She may have even touched President Trump’s heart,” Valera told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Trump on Wednesday reversed himself and is now ordering the agencies responsible for the families to detain them together. His executive order fails to make clear how the administration will reunite families already separated, where the families will be housed and how officials will not rule afoul of what is known as the “Flores settlement” which requires that children stay no more than 20 days in unlicensed facilities.

The photo, of the child crying as her mother was searched near the border in McAllen, Texas, helped to bring in more than $17 million in donations to reunite migrant families. Her image inspired a couple from Silicon Valley, Charlotte and Dave Willner, to create what Facebook called its single largest fundraiser ever. It benefitted the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services or RAICES, a Texas-based non-profit that provides legal assistance to immigrants and refugees.

Her likeness was also used for a Time magazine cover, the little girl looking up at Trump. Time issued a correction at the bottom of its cover story saying it had misstated what happened to the child. The girl "was not carried away screaming by U.S. Border Patrol agents; her mother picked her up and the two were taken away together." But Time's editor-in-chief stood behind the use of the image on their cover. 

“The June 12 photograph of the 2-year-old Honduran girl became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason: Under the policy enforced by the administration, prior to its reversal this week, those who crossed the border illegally were criminally prosecuted, which in turn resulted in the separation of children and parents," Edward Felsenthal said. "Our cover and our reporting capture the stakes of this moment.”

A border patrol agent, Carlos Ruiz, told CBS News that agents had asked the mother to put down the child, Yanela, so that they could search her. Sanchez was patted down for less than two minutes, then quickly picked up her daughter, who stopped crying, he said.

“I personally went up to the mother and asked her, ‘Are you doing okay? Is the kid okay?’ and she said, ‘Yes. She’s tired and thirsty. It’s 11 o’clock at night,” Ruiz told CBS News.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Democrats and the news media had exploited the photograph for political purposes.

“It's shameful that dems and the media exploited this photo of a little girl to push their agenda,” she tweeted. “She was not separated from her mom. The separation here is from the facts.” 

Valera told Reuters that the child and her mother, Sandra Sanchez, had left via a Honduran port north of the capital city, Tegucigalpa, without telling him or the couple’s other three children. Sanchez has relatives in the United States and he said that she thought she went looking for better economic opportunities. She has applied for asylum, she said.

Honduran deputy foreign minister Nelly Jerez confirmed to Reuters the details that Valera provided.

“If they are deported, that is OK as long as they do not leave the child without her mother,” Valera told Reuters. “I am waiting to see what happens with them.”



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<![CDATA[Vognar Reviews the Movie '1945']]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:32:28 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/vlcsnap-5919-03-01-17h22m22s382.jpg

The Dallas Morning News culture critic Chris Vognar tells us about the new movie '1945.'

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<![CDATA[House Passes Massive Package to Address Opioid Crisis]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:27:21 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/974323458-Paul-Ryan-Opioid-Overdose.jpg

The House of Representatives on Friday passed the largest legislative package on opioids in recent history, NBC News reported.

The package, made up of 58 bills, would direct federal agencies to prioritize training, support recovery centers and conduct research to help combat the growing epidemic, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says killed 42,000 people in 2016.

Among the provisions: requiring medical records list a patient's addiction history, change how prescription pills are distributed and direct the National Institutes of Health to develop non-addictive painkillers.

The package passed 396-14 after months of debate and now heads to the Senate.



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<![CDATA[SCOTUS Rules Police Generally Need a Warrant to Track Phones]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:41:06 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd-corte-suprema-GettyImages-881766280.jpg

The Supreme Court ruled Friday that police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects' movements by collecting information about where they've used their cellphones, bolstering privacy interests in the digital age.

The justices' 5-4 decision marks a big change in how police may obtain cellphone tower records, an important tool in criminal investigations.

Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by the court's four liberals, said cellphone location information "is detailed, encyclopedic and effortlessly compiled." Roberts wrote that "an individual maintains a legitimate expectation of privacy in the record of his physical movements" as they are captured by cellphone towers.

Roberts said the court's decision is limited to cellphone tracking information and does not affect other business records, including those held by banks.

He also wrote that police still can respond to an emergency and obtain records without a warrant.

Justices Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch each wrote dissenting opinions. Kennedy wrote that the court's "new and uncharted course will inhibit law enforcement" and "keep defendants and judges guessing for years to come."

Roberts does not often line up with his liberal colleagues against a unified front of conservative justices, but digital-age privacy cases can cross ideological lines, as when the court unanimously said in 2014 that a warrant is needed before police can search the cellphone of someone they've just arrested.

The court ruled Friday in the case of Timothy Carpenter, who was sentenced to 116 years in prison for his role in a string of robberies of Radio Shack and T-Mobile stores in Michigan and Ohio. Cell tower records that investigators got without a warrant bolstered the case against Carpenter.

Investigators obtained the cell tower records with a court order that requires a lower standard than the "probable cause" needed to obtain a warrant. "Probable cause" requires strong evidence that a person has committed a crime.

The judge at Carpenter's trial refused to suppress the records, finding no warrant was needed, and a federal appeals court agreed. The Trump administration said the lower court decisions should be upheld.

The American Civil Liberties Union, representing Carpenter, said a warrant would provide protection against unjustified government snooping.

"This is a groundbreaking victory for Americans' privacy rights in the digital age. The Supreme Court has given privacy law an update that it has badly needed for many years, finally bringing it in line with the realities of modern life," said ACLU attorney Nathan Freed Wessler, who argued the Supreme Court case in November.

The administration relied in part on a 1979 Supreme Court decision that treated phone records differently than the conversation in a phone call, for which a warrant generally is required.

The earlier case involved a single home telephone and the court said then that people had no expectation of privacy in the records of calls made and kept by the phone company.

"The government's position fails to contend with the seismic shifts in digital technology that made possible the tracking of not only Carpenter's location but also everyone else's, not for a short period but for years and years," Roberts wrote.

The court decided the 1979 case before the digital age, and even the law on which prosecutors relied to obtain an order for Carpenter's records dates from 1986, when few people had cellphones.

The Supreme Court in recent years has acknowledged technology's effects on privacy. In 2014, Roberts also wrote the opinion that police must generally get a warrant to search the cellphones of people they arrest. Other items people carry with them may be looked at without a warrant, after an arrest.

Roberts said then that a cellphone is almost "a feature of human anatomy." On Friday, he returned to the metaphor to note that a phone "faithfully follows its owner beyond public thoroughfares and into private residences, doctor's offices, political headquarters, and other potentially revealing locales."

As a result, he said, "when the government tracks the location of a cell phone it achieves near perfect surveillance, as if it had attached an ankle monitor to the phone's user."




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<![CDATA[Weekend Traffic Troubles You Should Know]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:05:45 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/nhl-draft-dallas.png

A closure on U.S. 75 and the NHL Draft in Dallas could cause traffic problems on Friday and Saturday.



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<![CDATA[How to Stay Cool and Save on Electricity]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:03:39 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ELECTRIC+METER1.jpg

Its officially summer which means hot weather and high electricity bills. There are ways you can beat the Texas heat and stay cool, without breaking the bank.

Keep these money saving tips in mind:

• Pay attention to your bill and read your contract before signing
• Long-term consumers should lock in your rates
• Think about ways you can conserve energy

“We want to make sure consumers have the information they need at their fingertips,” said Dan O’Malley, Executive Vice President of Stream Energy. “When the temperature heats up, consumers have the power to shop around and compare other rates. There are also ways consumers can conserve energy and money on their own. You can always do more at your own household, drawing the blinds, raising the thermostat, and being thoughtful about the time of day you do certain things,” said O’Malley.

Head to the Power to Choose website to shop around for cheap electric bills.



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<![CDATA[TMSG: Charity Brings Books to Africa]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:47:36 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/africa-tmsg.jpg

The Arise Africa charity, founded by Alissa Rosebrough in 2010, has already started packing Christmas gifts for students starting classes in Zambia next year.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Melania Trump's Style]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:53:23 -0500 and called for Congress to act on immigration reform. The green, hooded jacket she wore while departing from and returning to Washington sent a more puzzling message for many. The $39 Zara item had writing on the back that read: "I really don't care, do u?"

"It's a jacket," her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said. "There was no hidden message. After today's important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe." Yet President Donald Trump offered his own spin, tweeting that the jacket "refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!"]]>
and called for Congress to act on immigration reform. The green, hooded jacket she wore while departing from and returning to Washington sent a more puzzling message for many. The $39 Zara item had writing on the back that read: "I really don't care, do u?"

"It's a jacket," her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said. "There was no hidden message. After today's important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe." Yet President Donald Trump offered his own spin, tweeting that the jacket "refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!"]]>
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First lady Melania Trump brought her fashion sense as a former model to the campaign trail and the White House.

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<![CDATA[Insiders Guide: Travel Tips for DFW Airport]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:18:02 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/summer-travel-tips.jpg

North Texas is in the middle of the busy summer travel season. DFW International Airport is expecting to see 19 million travelers this summer — up 4-percent from last year.

DFW Airport has 15 TSA checkpoints and has recently had some technology upgrades.

“The great thing about the new TSA checkpoints we have in place is that you aren’t stuck behind someone who has an issue that needs to be further checked,” DFW Airport representative David Magaña said. “If there is an issue that needs to be checked, it moves it on to a sub-belt on the same machine and the line keeps moving.”

Magaña said knowing which terminal to use could also save travelers a great deal of time.

"Our busiest terminals normally are terminal C and terminal A here at DFW but you can also fly American Airlines out of D and B,” he explained. “So, one of the recommendations that we have is park in D or B because the parking is more available there and the security lines are going to be shorter there on average."

Magaña suggests parking at the quicker terminal, going through security and then taking the “people mover” to your gate.

If you find yourself returning to a terminal that is not where you parked, Magaña suggests going against the grain and resisting the urge to get your baggage first.

“Go get your car first and then drive back around to the terminal where your bag is coming out. Park in the one hour spot. Go get your bag and you are on your way,” Magaña said. “That way, instead of waiting 20 minutes for the bag without going to get your car, you can take ‘Skylink’ over there. It’s a faster a trip and by on your way faster.”

Summer is also the time when you will see the most first-time and inexperienced travelers. If you are in the security line and notice someone not familiar with protocol you can gently remind them to take off shoes and belts or to take their laptop out of their bag. It could help keep the lines moving. If they are confused, they will likely appreciate the help.

If you are traveling with a child for the first time you can help them by giving them a TSA practice session at home. Show them what they need to do and what they will encounter at the security checkpoint.



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<![CDATA[Mavs Pick National Champ With 2nd Pick in Draft]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:00:06 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_TALKS_ABOUT_MAVERICKS_SECOND_PICK_BRUNSON.jpg

The Mavericks acquired Luka Doncic in a draft day trade, but also added another quality player in former Villanova Wildcat Jalen Brunson, NBC 5’s Newy Scruggs talks about what he likes about this pick up

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<![CDATA[Frustrated Drivers Stuck Behind Toppled Tanker Wait Hours]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:00:07 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/high-five-traffic-tanker.jpg

Stuck in their cars for hours this morning and early afternoon after a tanker truck carrying a volatile payload overturned, drivers on U.S. Highway 75 and Interstate 635 were in no short supply of anger and frustration.

“I’ve seen traffic jams and wrecks but from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.? That was a little extreme,“ driver Richie Louate said.

Louate was among countless drivers who were stuck so long they even got out of their cars. At one point Louate said another driver began going car to car and was taking orders and money to go to Whataburger.

“He was just taking orders and you saw him come back with Whataburger, so that was a lot of business for them,” Louate said with a laugh.

But all jokes aside, the backup was almost impossible to avoid. Surface and side streets soon clogged up as drivers poured off the interstate.

“I was on WAYS, an app, and it was trying to take me on side roads and the side roads are even worse,” said one driver through her window.

By early afternoon, all lanes were back open but drivers like Louate said they still can’t believe it happened.

“It was just crazy how one small thing can effect so many people,” Louate said.



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<![CDATA[Pat Doney, Jeff 'Skin' Wade Talk Doncic Move]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:40:25 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney-skin-wade-doncic-web.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney and Jeff "Skin" Wade from 105.3 The Fan talk about the major DFW sports scene shakeup with the Mavericks acquiring Luka Doncic.

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<![CDATA[How You Can Help Migrant Families Separated at the Border]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:33:38 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_18170053185783.jpg

More than 2,300 migrant children have been separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.

The policy has drawn criticism from lawmakers, civil rights groups, religious groups, the American Medical Association and the United Nations, as well as business leaders and celebrities.

Caving in to mounting pressure, President Donald Trump Wednesday signed an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security to keep families together in detention after they are detained crossing the border illegally.

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Meanwhile, lawmakers have proposed several bills to stop the child separation at the border. The American Civil Liberties Union is urging people to call their senator to advocate against the Trump administration directive and has set up a page on its website to help connect constituents with their senator's office.

Here are some other ways you can help migrants families separated at the border.

Catholic Charities Dallas: CCD is grateful to everyone willing to give of their time, talent, and treasures to help the immigrant children and families in crisis. In response to the overwhelming number of inquiries from the North Texas Community and beyond, CCD has created a link to receive donations and accept volunteer applications. Monetary donations will provide the greatest flexibility in meeting the needs of the families; however, should they come to Dallas, volunteer services will be needed as well. Please direct all inquiries to www.ccdallas.org

ACLU: The national nonprofit's Immigrants' Rights Project works to protect civil liberties of immigrants and combat public discrimination against them through litigation, advocacy and public outreach. The ACLU is currently raising money to help "defend asylum-seeking parents forcibly separated from their children."

You can donate to the ACLU, sign petitions, or become a member.

RAICES: The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), based in San Antonio, Texas, provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant and refugee families.

The nonprofit is accepting donations for its Family Reunification and Bond Fund, which in part is used to bond migrants out of ICE custody to help reunite families, and volunteers. 

A viral Facebook fundraiser organized by a Silicon Valley couple has raised more that $10 million dollars — and counting — for RAICES. The "Reunite an immigrant parent with their child" fundraiser launched Saturday became the social networking site's largest crowdfunded campaign ever, a Facebook spokesperson said.  

Additionally, the #postcards4families campaign will donate $5 to RAICES for every postcard kids write to help the separated immigrant children.

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CLINIC: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC)helps secures free legal representation to migrant children released from detention, helps refugees gain asylum in the U.S., reunites families and provides legal services to immigrants.

Donate to CLINIC here.

Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights: Based in Chicago, the nonprofit advocates for unaccompanied migrant children who cross the border. The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights recently launched a project geared toward helping children separated from their parents at the border. 

Learn more about how to donate here. To become a Young Center child advocate, you can volunteer here

Kids in Need of Defense: The national nonprofit works to ensure that kids appearing in immigration court have legal representation. Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) also lobbies for policies that protect immigrant childrens' legal interests.

To give KIND a monetary donation, click here. KIND has also partnered with Baby2Baby to set up a baby registry at Target to send bundles of basic essentials like diapers, wipes, shampoo and blankets to migrant children. 

Women's Refugee Commission: The Women's Refugee Commission advocates for the rights and protection of women, children, and young adults fleeing violence and persecution.

While the group is accepting monetary donations to assist separated families seeking asylum, it also suggests other ways people can take action to help the end the separation of families.

Urban Justice Center: The nonprofit launched the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) in 2015 to "prevent wrongful deportations by connecting refugee families to community support and emergency legal aid."

The organization is in need of donations to help support the legal services it provides asylum seekers and is also looking for volunteer attorneys and interpreters.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras

The binational nonprofit Pueblo Sin Fronteras provides humanitarian aid, caravans, shelter and aid to migrants and refugees in transit to the U.S. The organization's volunteers accompany migrants along their journey to protect them from danger, but also to move past law enforcement officials. It is currently assisting families awaiting hearings.

Here's how to donate.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association: The American Immigration Lawyers Association provides free lawyers for migrants in need of assistance with asylum screening, bond hearings and ongoing asylum representation. 

The national organization will soon post a volunteer list for immigrant lawyers who wish to represent families at the border.



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<![CDATA[Tom Arnold, With Michael Cohen, Says He 'Has All the Tapes']]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 03:40:56 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cohen-arnold-split.jpg

Comedian Tom Arnold, who's working on a show with Vice that features him searching for unflattering video of President Donald Trump, tweeted a photo of himself with the president's embattled personal attorney, Michael Cohen, NBC News reported

Cohen retweeted the photo, which had a simple caption: "I love New York." He referred a request for comment to Arnold, who told NBC News, "It’s on! I hope he [Trump] sees the picture of me and Michael Cohen and it haunts his dreams."

Arnold wouldn't say whether Cohen would provide him with any tapes he may have of conversations with Trump, but he said, "This dude has all the tapes -- this dude has everything."



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<![CDATA[Local NTX Voice Contestant Offers Audition Tips]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 22:42:21 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo000102.jpg

We got some advice from Madi Davis, our own "Voice" superstar from McKinney.
 



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<![CDATA[Garland Considers Blocking Popular Swimming Area]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 22:54:54 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/lake10.jpg

A shoreline along Lake Ray Hubbard, popular for swimming, could soon be off limits in Garland.

This week Garland city council members heard from the police department who said it is growing increasingly difficult to keep people safe at Windsurf Bay Park.

This past Memorial Day, they estimated 8,000 people used the park for lake access and they believe anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 would do the same this 4th of July.

“This park is not designed to handle the amount of overcrowding that has grown over the last couple of years,” said Lieutenant Pedro Barineau.

That is why they made the decision to close the park for the holiday. A temporary fence will be installed to block the water the week before, staying up through the holiday week.

It is intended to prevent swimmers from entering the water, which Garland says is not allowed by the City of Dallas, who owns Lake Ray Hubbard.

“Our officers have been out here when there have been hundreds of people in the water, boats whizzing by, zigzagging through the people in the water, going through the people to the shoreline. It’s not designed for that, and our biggest concern is the safety of our community,” said Barineau.

That is why the city will consider making that temporary fence permanent, if it proves successful in deterring swimmers.

That would put a stop to what’s become a summertime tradition for families like the Stones, who never realized swimming was prohibited at Windsurf Bay.

They drive from Mesquite as many as three times a week to let their girls swim.

“The local pools are overcrowded. Out here kids can be kids, you know. Have a good time,” said Ernie Stone.

The temporary fence will cost the city $5,000. There is no price tag yet on what a permanent fence would cost or an estimate on how long it would take to build.

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<![CDATA[Arlington Police Investigating Potential Drowning]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:34:08 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Police+Tape+La+Salle+Assault.jpg

Arlington police responded to a possible drowning call around 6 p.m. on June 21 near Parkway Lane.

The person was transported to a local hospital. Their condition is unknown.

[This story will continue to be updated as more details are released.]



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<![CDATA[McKinney Pastor Calls Out Jeff Sessions Over Scripture Use]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:14:04 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/195*120/Capture434.JPG

Members of the Methodist Church in North Texas have signed a petition targeting Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

It charges Sessions, who is Methodist, with “child abuse" and "immorality" for supporting the separation of families at the border.

At First United Methodist in McKinney, Pastor Tommy Brumett said compassion is a cornerstone of his church.

From Facebook to the pulpit, he is using many platforms to call for more compassion at the border and call out Jeff Sessions.

“I need you to pray about what’s going, on on the southern border, because Jeff Sessions, who’s a good Methodist, is quoting the bible at me,” Pastor Brumett said during Sunday’s Father’s Day sermon.

He was talking about a quote made by Sessions during a speech last week about separating families at the border.

"I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said.

The quote was the tipping point for many in the Methodist church.

More than 600 members have since signed a formal complaint asking church leadership to "dig deeply into Mr. Sessions' advocacy and actions that have led to harm against thousands of vulnerable humans."

“Jesus said let the children come to me, do not hinder them,” Pastor Brumett said.

"I'm pretty sure what Jesus said about children is more important than what the Apostle Paul said about obeying the government,” Brumett said during Sunday’s sermon.

Brumett says he did not know about the complaint until after it was made public. 

He said the response to his sermon has been overwhelmingly positive.

“We may disagree about policy but we don’t disagree about how we should treat one another,” he said.

Pastor Brumett is hosting a prayer at 12:15 p.m. Friday for those caught in the crisis on the border.

Sessions and his pastor can go through mediation to resolve the complaint.

It is highly unlikely, but if there is no resolution, the Attorney General could be expelled from the church.

A spokeswoman for Sessions said he has no comment on the matter.



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<![CDATA[Rowlett Woman Cured By Drinking Live Virus]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:01:11 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo0000610.jpg

When we first reported on Patti Swearingen of Rowlett in March 2016, she was in pain.

She had lived with urinary tract infections for five years because the bacteria causing it had become resistant to antibiotics.

Out of desperation, she traveled to Tbilisi, Georgia in Eastern Europe to try what's called bacteriophage therapy, an experimental treatment in which you ingest live viruses called bacteriophages, that will kill infection-causing bacteria in your body.

For Swearingen, it worked.

"I honestly feel like I've gone from death to life in a few months," says Swearingen.

Three months ago, she traveled to a small clinic in Tbilisi, where doctors have been using bacteriophage therapy for more than 80 years.

Bacteriophages are live viruses that exist in nature. They're bacteria's natural enemies.

"Basically the little phages go througholut your entire body, searching for that bacteria, so if you had a resevoir somewhere that was holding the bacteri that kept reinfecting you, it's going to find that," says Swearingen.

She took video on her phone of the treatment process in Tbilisi where doctors gave her an IV cocktail of vitamins before having her drink the phages twice a day for two weeks.

She continued drinking the phages for a few extra days when she got home to Rowlett.

She started taking the phages March 26th and hasn't had a positive culture of the bacteria causing her UTIs since.

She says the infection is gone, as are the side affects of all the antibiotics she was on.

"Really there was nothing that agreed with my system. I can eat anything now."

She believes bacteriophage therapy can help thousands of other Americans suffering from chronic infections.

Currently, the therapy isn't approved by the FDA.

"We need this in the United States, we do! Not everyone can go to Tblisi. It's a wonderul place if you can go, but if you can't, we need a way to get it here."

USC San Diego announced that it's creating the first phage therapy center in North America.

They'll do clinical trials and offer the therapy for patients who've run out of options.

To read more on Swearingen's recovery, bacteriophage therapy and its future in the United States, read science writer Anna Kuchment's article in the Dallas Morning News.

Anna Kuchment contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[Plano Summer Camp Teaches Kids Life-Saving Skills]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:51:55 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/plano-kids-summer-camp-live-saving-3.jpg

In Plano, police are helping kids fight summertime boredom with life-saving safety lessons and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Plano’s Vacation Safety Camp is a free one week course held four times over the summer.

Community prevention officers and volunteers teach kids about gun safety, drowning prevention, what to do in a fire and how to get help in an emergency.

It’s all done through interactive learning.

“I think, it’s when you engage them, you make it fun, then they learn,” said Crime Prevention Officer Hayley Dick. “This age, from 6 to 9, it’s invaluable for kids to learn these rules because they take them home. They know don’t touch the gun, it’s always loaded and always tell an adult.”

Thursday morning, 30 kids on bikes and scooters navigate a small obstacle course marked with chalk and cones in the parking lot. The kids ride through the course, challenged to maintain control of their bikes while being aware of obstacles in their path.

The kids learn how to use hand signals, wear their helmets properly and to stay on sidewalks until they’re old enough to ride in the street.

“As a mom you try and teach them,” said Michelle Knowlton, who has two kids in this week’s camp. “But when they hear if from somebody else, especially in uniform, and they’re having a good time, I think it sticks.”

The kids visit a fire station and wear bunker gear to learn how firefighters fight fires, but also learn about stop, drop and roll. Campers meet K-9 rescue dogs and learn what to do if they’re ever lost.

Officer Dick said each lesson is designed to make safety rules memorable and crime prevention a habit. During the bike rodeo day, officers engrave each child’s bike with their parent’s driver’s license number. So, if their bikes are lost or stolen, police know who to return it to.

The camp also offers an opportunity to build relationships between Plano’s youngest people and police.

“I tell them my job is to protect you no matter what,” said Dick. “No matter what, if you’re ever lost or you’re scared, you can always come up to us.”

Police said every year, the camp fills up quickly. There are four separate weeks of camp, each week has slots for 30 kids. There are two more camps in July from July 16-20 and July 23-27. Police said there’s already a wait list to get in.

Interested families must apply in person and show proof of Plano residency. Registration opens in mid-April for each summer. For more information, click here.



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<![CDATA[New York Avenue Under 360 Tollway Closed on June 22]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:42:22 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/360+Toll+Road+Opens.jpg

New York Avenue under the 360 Tollway will be closed on June 22 from 7 a.m. to p.m. 

The tollway will remain open, but New York Avenue will undergo pavement striping.

Eastbound New York Avenue will be detoured to Debbie-Ragland; the westbound route should detour to Webb Lynn-Lynn Creek.



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<![CDATA[No Changes Planned After 10-Hour Dallas Traffic Delay]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:16:10 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/traffic34.jpg

Officials said no changes in the roadway or alternate routes were planned after a 10-hour traffic delay Thursday on one of the busiest North Texas interchanges.

The US 75 and Interstate 635 were both closed after a 4:30am accident in the Dallas High Five interchange.

A tanker truck operated by Transwood Incorporated of Omaha, Nebraska lost control and tipped on the overpass from Southbound 75 to Eastbound I-635 LBJ Freeway.

Dallas Fire Rescue said the truck carried a flammable resin, commonly used in the production of plastics. The Dallas Police Department ordered all levels of the roadway closed for safety as the material was moved to a second truck and the first truck was towed away.

No one was injured but alternate routes became massive gridlock for miles around and drivers were steamed.

Creeana Daniel said her car overheated in a 3-hour delay getting off the highway.

“If they’re going to shut down the whole freeway, there should be some other option different from this,” she said. “There should be an emergency plan for this kind of thing.”

There was a plan when the High Five opened in 2005 to avoid the icy conditions that typically make high overpasses unusable.

North Dallas City Council Member Sandy Greyson was involved in transportation planning long before the High Five was built.

“We had it designed so that we would have frontage roads in every direction, which was not the standard before the high five, so people could get through on the ground level,” Greyson said.

But this situation also left the frontage roads unavailable.

“They shut it all down for safety reasons. We didn’t know what was going to happen with that truck, so DPD shut down the road for safety,” said Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Donna Simmons. “You can’t plan for that anywhere.”

Simmons said the roadway has operated properly since it opened and the Dallas Police Department will investigate what made this truck lose control.

“The road meets all safety standards,” Simmons said.

Council Member Greyson said she uses that roadway too and hates getting stuck in traffic.

“I don’t know if it was even envisioned that this sort of thing could happen but it has happened and you just deal with it the best you can,” Greyson said.

All main lanes and the ground level frontage roads were open for the evening rush hour Thursday.

Records show Transwood has 447 trucks and 445 drivers. The company underwent 974 inspections the past two years and reported 38 accidents, none of them fatal. It has a satisfactory rating from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.




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<![CDATA[Melania Trump Visits Border Amid Family Separation Crisis]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:57:59 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-980367198.jpg

Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to a Texas facility Thursday to get a first-hand look at some of the migrant children sent there by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally.

The first lady's stop at Upbring New Hope Children's Center in McAllen came the morning after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating these families. She may also visit a second facility later in the day where children housed in cages were seen by The Associated Press last week.

The president had come under pressure to stop the practice, including from GOP allies and the first lady herself, following a public outcry sparked by widespread images of children held in fenced-in structures. Melania Trump's visit was intended to lend support to those children who remain separated from their parents, said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's spokeswoman.

"She wanted to see everything for herself," Grisham said.


Accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Mrs. Trump met with the executive director of the facility and other staff in a makeshift conference room where she was told the staff treated the 58 children housed there as if they were their own.

"I'm here to learn about your facility, and which I know you house children on a long-term basis," Trump said, asking how she can help "these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible."

She also asked employees at the facility about the conditions the children are in when they arrive, how often they are able to speak with their families and how long they are usually kept at the facility before the families are brought back together.

On a tour of the facility, Trump shook hands with students in classrooms decorated with colorful drawings and other arts and crafts.


The first lady wore a beige-colored jacket to visit the center, but the jacket she wore as she boarded the plane at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland caused a minor stir: the back of her green military-style jacket was emblazoned with the phrase "I really don't care, do u?"

When asked what message the first lady's jacket intends to send, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "It's a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today's important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe."

The president later tweeted a response, indicating the jacket actually was sending a message.

"I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" written on the back of Melania's jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!"

Earlier in the week, the president had insisted incorrectly that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because children cannot go to jail with adults who are being criminally prosecuted for crossing the border illegally. Trump had said only Congress could fix the problem and he specifically pointed a finger at Democrats.

He reversed course Wednesday by signing the order ending separations and keeping families together when they are in custody, at least for the next few weeks. The administration's "zero-tolerance" policy of criminally prosecuting illegal border-crossers, which has led to the removal of some 2,300 children from their parents since May, remains.

The first lady's trip came together within the past 48 hours, Grisham said.

"She told her staff she wanted to go and we made that happen," she said.


Trump, speaking at a Cabinet meeting, said that his wife was "down at the border,'" and Grisham said that the first lady had the full backing of her husband.

"She told him 'I am headed down to Texas' and he was supportive."

Mrs. Trump, whose focus as first lady is on child well-being, appears to have been among those pushing her husband to act.

Grisham released a statement last weekend saying the first lady "hates" to see children separated from their families and "believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."


Hours before Trump used his executive order to halt family separations, a White House official let it be known that Mrs. Trump had been voicing her opinion to the president for some time, including that he needed to help families stay together. The official refused to be identified discussing Trump's private conversations with his wife.

Trump acknowledged Wednesday that the mother of his 12-year-old son, Barron, had been prodding him.

"My wife feels very strongly about it," he told reporters after he signed the order.

The pair of statements from the first lady amounted to an unusual public intervention by Mrs. Trump into a policy debate. Her four former living predecessors, seemingly encouraged after Laura Bush authored a scathing opinion piece, followed with sharper commentary of their own condemning the family separations as shameful.

The last-minute trip to Texas marks the first public action by Mrs. Trump since she announced in May an initiative named "Be Best" to focus on the overall well-being of children and help teach them kindness. She had been expected to travel to promote the campaign but was sidelined a week after the announcement following surgery to treat a benign kidney condition.



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<![CDATA[Foundation Says Dallas Church Should Remove Military Seals from Its Freedom Sunday Program ]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:32:32 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo0000317.jpg

Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, is at the center of more controversy over an upcoming event called 'Freedom Sunday'.   

A YouTube promotional video for the event says there will be "salute to our Armed Forces". The video shows seals from the branches of the military as part of a backdrop. 

In a letter delivered to Jeffress' church on Thursday afternoon, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and its founder, Mikey Weinstein call Jeffress out for "unauthorized use of military insignia", saying they hope to avoid legal action.

"It is very clear. There's nothing ambiguous about this," said Dallas attorney, Randal Mathis, who represents the MRFF. "I certainly hope no formal legal action is necessary, but I'm certainly not ruling that out if the Defense Department doesn't do what we expect." 

Thursday morning, the MRFF sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, pointing out the program is called "America is a Christian Nation". In the letter, Weinstein says the program "should under NO circumstances be condoned by or associated in any way with our United States military. 

Department of Defense guidelines allow use of Armed Forces seals only for official military use. The MRFF says the church's use of the seals in its program makes it appear the Armed Forces endorses the event, which is this Sunday.

In the last week, a media company removed controversial billboards which showed the title for Freedom Sunday, "America is a Christian Nation." 

First Baptist Church released a statement Friday: "We plan to honor our military this Sunday at our Celebrate Freedom services, as planned."



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<![CDATA[First Female AA Captain Paves Way for Others]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 22:52:59 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/aa36565.jpg

Beverly Bass is a pioneer.

She soared to heights women had never reached before.

She has folders full of pictures to prove it.

"Oh gosh, I was so young back then," she chuckled, while looking through the photos. "I couldn't imagine what it would be like to fly."

As a kid she watched planes take off and land.

"I was just enamored with the idea of flying," she added.

In the mid 1970s, she got her chance.

"I remember thinking, those pilots must be Gods," she laughed. "Then I learned that they really are," she added, with a smile.

Though her first job as a pilot was not exactly to die for. She made $5 an hour flying a small bonanza for a local mortician.

"The plane wasn't big enough for a casket, so the body that I was going to fly was on a stretcher with a sheet over it," she added.

Just a few years later, in October of 1976, Bass became the third female pilot hired at American Airlines.

"One of the best days of my life, no doubt," she said. "I was a flight engineer on the 727."

She was in charge of managing the plane's systems, but she wanted to do more.

"I would interview for jobs and the guys would say, 'gosh, we'd love to have you flying our airplane and you have plenty of experience but we just can't have a female flying our executives because we don't know what their wives would think of that.'"

It took a while, but nearly a decade later, she got a big promotion.

"It wasn't anything special that I did, it was just my turn."

Beverly Bass became the first female captain at American.

"Oh, it was unbelievable," she recalled. "It was a big deal just to have female co-pilots, just because now we're actually flying the airplane as opposed to managing the systems. And now to have a female captain who's literally going to be in charge of everything, it was a big deal."

Then, roughly a month after that, she made history again.

"December 30th, 1986," she said. "Some dates you never forget and that's one of them."

That's when she led the first all-female crew aboard an American Airlines flight.

"I didn't try to do this, it just happened."

And she just happened to be flying on the darkest day in aviation history.

"Actually, we had just left Paris en route to Dallas."

She was over the North Atlantic when the first plane hit the World Trade Center on 9/11.

"It was about 20 minutes later that we got notification that the second tower had been hit and of course with that, everything changed drastically."

With all U.S. airspace closed, she was forced to divert to Gander Newfoundland.

"When I made the announcement to the passengers I had very little to tell them, but I knew I had to say something," she said. "I just told them that there had been a crisis in the United States."

Her crew and passengers were not allowed to deplane until the next day.

"We had flown for 7 hours before we landed, which means we were on the airplane for 28 hours," she said. "In 2001 very few people had cell phones and on the airplanes there wasn't any way to charge them."

She was stuck there for five days.

It was a trip that was turned into a Broadway play called Come From Away.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Defensive End Tyrone Crawford Becomes a Father]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:54:25 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TYRONE_CRAWFORD_ON_JASON_WITTEN_FOR_WEB.jpg

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford became a father today and he was happy to let the world know!


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<![CDATA[Drivers Frustrated After Stuck in Gridlocked Traffic]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:10:54 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/traffic33.jpg

North Texas drivers were trapped with nowhere to go at the High 5 for hours after a tanker truck flipped. The big question tonight: Why did it take so long to get people out of this mess?



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